172/18/Gen.Inf. PMA- CIRCULAR NO. MMC 245- 336- 368

Dear Sirs/ Madams,

The purpose of the present newsletter is to update your good office with the latest issued or amended PMA circulars, as below:

Circular No. 245

The purpose of this Circular is to inform users, according to Merchant Marine Circular MMC-243, about the list of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) authorized by this Administration to offer their services as Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels transiting High Risk Areas.

Explore more by reading the Authorized Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) transiting High Risk Areas (online application).

Circular No. 336

The ILO adopted amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention on 11 June 2014, which have the aim to improve the protection of seafarers against financial risks in possible hazardous situations. For the first time, the amendments contain standards for financial protection of seafarers’ entitlements when abandoned by the ship owner. In addition, the amendments of the Maritime Labour Convention provide minimum requirements for financial security (P&I Club or insurer) for compensation claims for the death or disability of seafarers due to occupational accidents, diseases or hazards. The amendments of the Maritime Labour Convention will enter into force on 18 January 2017.

Explore more by reading the MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION (MLC, 2006). AMENDMENTS- REGULATIONS 2.5 (REPATRIATION) AND 4.2 (SHIPOWNER´S LIABILITY).

Circular No. 368

The purpose of this Circular is to inform all users of the Panamanian Registry about the List of Certificates that has been already issued by this Administration as Electronic Certificates according to the Guidelines (for the use of electronic certificates), adopted by the International Maritime Organization by the Facilitation Committee (for the use of electronic certificates) through the FAL.5/Circ.39/Rev.2 of 20 April 2016, in order to facilitate the use and acceptance of electronic certificates on board.

Explore more by reading the Technical E-Certificates onboard

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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